Competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process to evaluate potential single-hauler contractor
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Following public input and comments from residents, City Council, trash haulers and city staff, the City of Glenwood Springs is nearing a competitive bidding process for proposals for a city-wide, volume-based, residential trash and recycling collection program. Feedback is being integrated into the final request for proposal (RFP) document which is anticipated to be published in December.
“Thank you to everyone who shared comments and ideas online or at one of the six pop-up events. There are still several steps involved before anything is final, so we appreciate your continued involvement,” said Public Works Director Matthew Langhorst. “It is understandable that there are many questions about this potential program, and it is important to note that the RFP process is designed to get us closer to knowing the details of what it might look like for Glenwood Springs.”
After the bidding process is concluded, proposals received will be evaluated and negotiated by staff and then brought to City Council for a decision in early 2023. If City Council awards a contract, then staff would work with the contractor to prepare for the implementation of the program. That process would take several months with services beginning toward the end of 2023.
“We received many comments and believe that public feedback has helped us round out the RFP and have a more complete perspective on the potential program elements that are important to residents including sustainability, cost, value, services, animal and wildlife protection, administration, and reporting,” added Langhorst.
For questions, contact Public Information Officer Bryana Starbuck at email@example.com or 970-384-6441. Additional information is available on the project webpage at www.cogs.us/PAYT.
The program would aim to reduce truck traffic on our streets, increase proper recycling, reduce the number of recyclables being thrown away, incentivize overall waste reduction, and provide additional data related to waste. To accomplish this, the RFP will ask for proposals for a city-wide residential trash and recycling program utilizing volume-based pricing also known as “pay as you throw”.
Pay as you throw (PAYT) means the price of trash service would be based on how much trash you produce, so the less trash you produce, the less the service costs. This program would include both trash and recycling service for all city residents in single-family residences and multifamily residences less than 7 units.